Emily Iland, M.A.

Emily Iland is an award-winning author, researcher, film-maker, advocate and leader in the autism field. She is the mother of a young man with ASD and brings personal experience and insight to her professional roles.

She enjoys teaching as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Special Education at California State University, Northridge. Emily is also an engaging professional speaker and trainer, presenting a variety of topics in English and Spanish across the US and abroad.


Emily is the mother of three adult children. She is joined in her work in the autism community by her 33-year-old son Tom, who on the spectrum.

Award-Winning Author

Emily is known for presenting practical information in an understandable way. To date, two of her books have been formally recognized for excellence!


Emily conducted original research for her master’s degree. She is a collaborator on a new randomized, controlled study. She also does extensive investigation when writing her books.

Advocate & Leader

Emily has co-founded or led several different organizations. She is known for collaborating to create novel initiatives, especially in the area of safety.

Special Areas of Expertise

Teaching Youth to Interact Safely with Police
Training for Law Enforcement
Transition to Adulthood
Reading Comprehension
Outreach to Spanish-speaking Families

BE SAFE The Movie

BE SAFE Tools and resources use video modeling to help youth with ASD learn to interact safely with the police in everyday situations.

Experience Autism

Experience Autism teaches police officers and first responders how to interact safely with police to reduce risk and improve outcomes.

Transition to Adulthood

Emily and her son Tom share evidence-based guidance and insider secrets to help youth succeed in adult life.

Reading Comprehension

The Drawing A Blank book and related workshops explore how to help readers with ASD understand what they read.

Spanish-Speaking Families

Emily is actively involved with research, outreach, parent education programs and cultural competence training.

Get Inspired and Empowered!

Emily is known in the U.S. and abroad for providing personalized, practical information that inspires and empowers participants. Presentation formats include full day workshops, interactive lectures, webinars and other training events. She also co-presents with her son Tom, who is an articulate and inspiring speaker. Please feel free to contact Emily to bring training to your community!

More About Emily

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Presentation Topics

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Together we can bring education, safety, and security to our loved ones on the spectrum. We’re in this together.

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